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“I Love San Diego” isn’t just a website, it’s your ticket to the ultimate San Diego adventure. This lively platform has transformed the hospitality game, employing a troop of local aficionados who are passionate about sharing San Diego’s gems.

This digital tour guide doesn’t just skim the surface. No, sir! It dives deep into the heart of San Diego, taking you on a virtual stroll through each vibrant neighborhood, and spilling the secrets on where to snooze, snack, sip, and soak up the fun!

Let’s take Little Italy, for example. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill travel guide listing restaurants and shopping malls. It’s a treasure map to the city’s best-kept secrets! Like The Music Box, an upscale venue where live music meets craft cocktails, and food is not just a meal, but a melody of small plates that dance on your palate​​.

And the Little Italy Farmers’ Market? It’s not just about fresh produce (though they’ve got plenty of that). It’s a kaleidoscope of color and flavor, with seafood, flowers, food, clothing, jewelry, and even holistic health products! It’s like stepping into a real-life Etsy store, but better​.

The fun doesn’t stop there. “I Love San Diego” is like that friend who knows all the cool boutiques and can find the perfect wearable souvenir just for you​​. And if you’re more into planks than shopping tanks, they’ve got the inside scoop on the city’s best outdoor workout spots, so you can break a sweat with a beautiful view​​.

Thirsty? They’ve got you covered with their list of the best spots to grab a drink with an eye-popping view of the Pacific Ocean​6​. And for the wine enthusiasts, don’t worry, they’ve uncorked the secrets of Little Italy’s best wine bars​​.

Got a hot date? “I Love San Diego” plays cupid, offering date ideas that are a perfect blend of fun, relaxation, and romance – morning, mid-day, or after dark​​.

So whether you’re a San Diego local, a visitor, or just daydreaming about California’s sun and surf, “I Love San Diego” is your go-to guide. It’s not just about information, it’s about experiencing the best of San Diego with a dash of fun and a whole lot of love!

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Saturday Must-Do: Little Italy Farmers’ Market

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The Best Ice Cream in San Diego

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San Diego’s Best Spots for an Outdoor Workout

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San Diego’s Most Scenic Hiking Trails

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The LOCAL LOVE Interview with Chad Smith

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The Plant Lovers Guide to San Diego

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How to Bring San Diego to Your Living Room

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Five Downtown Bars With Tons of TVs, Because Sports

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The Best San Diego IPA’s for Happy Hour at Home

With so many excellent San Diego brewed IPA’s available, how are you to choose? We’ve selected a few superb options to start with - many available nationwide!

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The Best Gourmet Donuts in San Diego

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Oscar’s Mexican Seafood

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The Wine Pub

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Prohibition

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THE BEST PLACES TO STAY

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The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

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The Guild Hotel

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InterContinental San Diego

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Holiday Inn Express Mission Hills

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DoubleTree by Hilton Carmel Valley / Del Mar

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar

An opulent, palatial resort stretching 400 acres five miles from the coast. Spacious elegant rooms make for relaxing retreats after a day lounging by the pool, hiking nearby canyons, or exploring all that Del Mar has to offer.
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Hampton Inn Del Mar / Carmel Valley

In town for an overnight? Not far from UCSD and Torrey Pines State Reserve, this Hampton Inn is all about location. Enjoy quick access to the 5 freeway and get to North County, downtown or the beach in a snap.
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Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

Just minutes from the SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo, this hotel offers a pool with waterfront views. It also features a waterside deli, restaurant, bar and an outdoor-poolside fire pit.